Well, that's the reverse of what was supposed to happen. Obamacare was supposed to cut the health care costs by prompting the un- and under-insured to visit their preventative health care providers instead of always going to the emergency room.
Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would reduce costly emergency room visits because people would go to primary care doctors instead. But a rigorous new experiment in Oregon has raised questions about that assumption, finding that newly insured people actually went to the emergency room a good deal more often.
More evidence that even the smartest utopians can't plan for everything; that centralized control doesn't always work and that the unexpected always is ready to jump up and bit you in the ass.
The study's abstract is here.
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